College is getting more and more expensive each year, so it isn't a bad idea to try to and get the best value education you can. can help you get the best education for your money with their College & University Rankings.

The rankings break down all of the colleges in the country, but we wanted to just look at the 10 best in Michigan.  The big story here is that a few of the bigger and more reputable schools in Michigan did not make the list this year.  But first, let's see which schools did make the list.

Top 10 Colleges & Universities in Michigan

  1. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (#27 in the nation)
  2. Michigan Technological University (#146 in the nation)
  3. Aquinas College (#201 in the nation)
  4. Kalamazoo College (#228 in the nation)
  5. University of Detroit Mercy (#245 in the nation)
  6. Lake Superior State University (#250 in the nation)
  7. Wayne State University (#260 in the nation)
  8. Ferris State University (#294 in the nation)
  9. Andrews University (#311 in the nation)
  10. Central Michigan University (#316 in the nation)

Where's Michigan State University?  Where's Western Michigan University?  Where's Grand Valley State University?  Not in the top 10, that's where.  Michigan State landed at #13 on the list (#376 in the nation), just ahead of Albion College and Spring Arbor University.  And, as far Western Michigan and Grand Valley...  They didn't even make the list.  Ouch.

Here are the top 10 colleges in the country.  You'll notice that despite Ivy League schools being very expensive, they still top the list.

Top 10 Colleges & Universities In The United States

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  2. Harvard University
  3. Princeton University
  4. Yale University
  5. Stanford University
  6. California Institute of Technology
  7. Duke University
  8. University of Pennsylvania
  9. Northwestern University
  10. University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill

WalletHub compared 1,003 colleges and universities across seven key dimensions: Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing, Faculty Resources, Campus Safety, Campus Experience, Educational Outcomes, and Career Outcomes.  Those key dimensions are further broken down into dozens of other metrics.  You can read more about the methodology they used here.

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